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‘Country’ music stays in No. 1 slot

5 straight weeks and Spear's 'Oops!' still at 2nd

For the second straight week, male rapper Nelly’s “Country Grammar” (Fo’ Reel/Universal) topped the national music charts, shifting more than 235,000 units in the week ending Sunday, according to sales data released Wednesday.

And for the fifth straight week, Britney Spears’ “Oops! … I Did It Again” (Jive) held the place position, selling more than 193,000 copies.

Sting’s resurgent “Brand New Day” (A&M), which first entered the top 10 two weeks ago (45 weeks after its initial release) and then fell to No. 11, this week climbed into the ninth spot on sales of more than 80,000 copies. The rest of the top 10 shuffled places, but remained the same as last week.

Eminem’s “The Marshall Mathers LP” (Aftermath/Interscope), the current hits collection “Now That’s What I Call Music — Vol. 4” (Universal Music Enterprises), Creed’s “Human Clay” (Wind-up/Universal), ‘N Sync’s “No Strings Attached” (Jive), 3 Doors Down’s “Better Life” (Republic/Universal) and Papa Roach’s “Infest” (DreamWorks) all sold more than 114,000 copies.

‘Nutty’ still in top 10

The various artists soundtrack to “Nutty Professor II: The Klumps” (Def Soul/Universal) retained its top 10 status by selling more than 70,000 units.

Honors for the week’s biggest unit-sales gain went to the soundtrack to “Coyote Ugly” (Curb/Atlantic). Album, which features LeAnn Rimes singing four new Diane Warren-penned tunes, posted an increase of more than 12,000 units over last week’s numbers and — with weekly sales totaling nearly 67,000 copies — just missed the top 10.

The week’s only major debut came from the various artists “Source Hip-Hop Awards” (Def Jam/Universal) compilation that was designed to promote the hip-hop ‘zine’s TV awards show. Basically a greatest-hits compilation representing the full flower of today’s top rappers, the album sold more than 53,000 units and came in at No. 19.

Universal retains its stranglehold on current album market share with 32.4%, followed by BMG, 17%; Warners, 14%; Sony, 11.9%; and EMI, 7.6%. Independent labels account for the other 17%.

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